College of Social Sciences and Humanities
Sociology - Doctorate
Graduate Studies in Sociology at Northeastern University
The Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Northeastern University offers MA and PhD degrees in sociology within a flexible program attractive to students interested in both academic and non-academic careers. The program provides students with the theoretical foundation and research skills needed to engage in a career in teaching and
research, in the public sector, or in industry. Thirty-two faculty members bring a wide
range of substantive interests, organized around four concentration areas: the Sociology of Gender; Globalization; Inequality; and Urban Sociology. Apart from these formal areas of concentration, the department has extraordinary strengths in Environmental Sociology, The Sociology of Health, and Social Movements.
The Department is a founding unit of Northeastern’s School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs which is dedicated to providing advanced research opportunities in a multidisciplinary environment. The department also maintains strong ties with the Brudnick Center for the Study of Conflict and Violence, the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program, the Kitty and Michael Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy, the Northeastern Environmental Justice Research Collaborative, and the Law and Public Policy program.
The PhD Program in Sociology
Students interested in the PhD should apply directly to that program. Students admitted
without a Master’s degree may earn the MA in Sociology en route to completing their PhD requirements. Students admitted with a Master’s degree in Sociology from another institution may be exempt from taking the Qualifying Exam, but may be required to do some foundational coursework in Theory and Methods (see “Course Requirements”
section below). For students admitted with a Master’s degree in a field other than Sociology, the Qualifying Exam requirement and supplementary coursework requirements will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
The Master of Arts in Sociology
The department offers a graduate program focused on PhD students. A Master of Arts
degree in sociology is achieved along the way. Thirty semester hours of academic work, completed with a B (3.000) average or better, are required for the degree. The program consists of four required and six elective courses. Students are encouraged to fashion a program of study best suited to their interests. To this end, all entering students should consult with the graduate coordinator. The graduate coordinator helps the student to articulate interests and plan courses, but also suggests other faculty members whose areas of interest and competence intersect with those of the student and with whom the student might consult on a regular basis.
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Facts & Figures
Financial Aid: Yes
International Financial Aid: Yes
International Financial Aid Description: Yes, all students are encouraged to apply for financial assistance when they apply for admission. Please speak to an Enrollment Advisor for more information.
Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive
Loans Offered: All students are encouraged to apply for financial assistance when they apply for admission. Federal, state, University scholarship programs, and payment options are available.
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